Worker Registration and Yellow Card applications for Bulgarians and Romanians are taking up to six months to process, the UK Border Agency warns.
A year ago it took 3 to 4 weeks to obtain a yellow card to study and work in the UK.
BR1 Yellow Card postal applications for Bulgarians and Romanians will take up to six months to be ‘considered’, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) advises on its website.
The UKBA has published the following update for EU migrants from Bulgaria and Romania who are exercising treaty rights to study or work in the UK:
We are making every effort to reduce processing times. Over the course of the scheme, we have introduced additional checks to maintain a robust caseworking process. This has increased the time taken to consider an application, but it has been necessary to maintain the quality of our decision-making process.
The time taken to process your application will depend on the type of application you make. For postal applications, we aim to decide 95 per cent of our applications within 6 months of receipt. If you make your application in person at Croydon public enquiry office, we will usually process your application on the same day.
Please do not contact us to check the progress of your application until we have held it for this time.
The agency will publish a weekly update on the date of applications they are now processing. This week they announced:
‘This week we are working on cases that were received on 22 November 2011.’
That’s a 5 month backlog.
Meanwhile, appointments times at Croydon are blocked out for months ahead forcing many potential student applicants to give up and go home or not bother coming to the UK at all.
Joanna, a student administrator from Majestic College, which provides NVQ courses for a number of Bulgarian and Romanian students, urges applicants not to lose heart. She said:
‘In the long run the wait will be worth it as there are so many opportunities in the UK.
‘Some of our Romanian students have managed to get appointments at Croydon so do keep trying and never give up!’
Majestic College advises all applicants to ensure they have sufficient funds to support themselves whilst they wait for their yellow card. Renting a room will cost at least £65 per week for instance.
Self employed work is allowed without a yellow card, but if you are employed you must apply for permission before starting work.
Bulgarians and Romanians coming to the UK on Yellow Card registration permits can work and study full time if they are taking a work-based vocational course such as NVQ or QCF courses in Health and Social Care.
If you need any immigration advice or help with Sponsorship or Work Permits, Visa, ILR/Settlement, Citizenship, dependant visa or an appeal against a refusal please email:
Majestic College offer special packages for EU students. They also have a number of employers looking for staff right now and are willing to employ Bulgarians and Romanians.
For more information call Joanna on 0208 207 1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org